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On Nov. 8, 2016, San Antonio ISD voters approved a Tax Ratification Election (TRE) to raise the District's Maintenance & Operations (M&O) tax rate by 13 cents.
The focus of TRE-funded programs is centered around academic support, as well as 21st-century classrooms.
The additional operating revenue allows SAISD to approach academic programs with the kind of creativity and innovation needed to ensure all students receive a quality education and are well-prepared for college and careers.
SAISD's master teachers are helping our students meet their full potential. Master teachers provide additional academic support for students during extended-day sessions. The TRE is also providing school updates for 21st-century
classrooms, as pictured here at the Young Women's Leadership Academy (YWLA).
The TRE is giving students a boost in the areas of extracurricular activities! These enrichment opportunities for middle-school students are for fine-arts programs like band, ROTC/LOTC, and athletics. Research shows that students who are involved in extracurricular activities do better academically!
Technology is also a focus for the TRE at SAISD. The District is working hard to see that every school has the necessary infrastructure for quality access to the internet. Our goal is that over the next five years, each student will have a device to use, with the equipment not to be over three years old.
Technology is a key component in 21st-Century classrooms.
What is a TRE?
It's also called a Rollback Election.
Any Texas school district that adopts a Maintenance & Operations tax rate above $1.04 must hold a Rollback Election, also known as a Tax Ratification Election, to provide voters the opportunity to approve, or ratify, the higher rate. If voters approve the increase, this additional tax effort on the M&O tax rate generates additional funding from the state for daily operating costs.
How much additional money does this give SAISD?
It will generate an estimated $15.6 million in additional annual revenue, which the state would then more than match with an estimated $16.5 million contribution, for an estimated total of $32.1 million.
What does all this new Maintenance and Operations money help fund?
The increased operating revenue will provide additional funds for teacher compensation for after-school and summer programs that target the approximately 40 percent of students in need of additional academic support, as well as expanded extracurricular offerings for students.